The El Paso Chihuahuas might have been playing the Reno Aces, but it seemed as though the Dogs were holding all the cards in their 10-4 win.
El Paso let the Aces know early it was going to be a tough night. Seth Mejias-Brean (BA), batting in the 4-hole, landed the first shot with an RBI single to left field that left runners on the corners. Left fielder Matthew Batten (BA) followed it with liner to the left field corner that cleared the bases.
Right fielder Jacob Scavuzzo (BA) followed with a bloop single that dropped in behind second base but allowed Batten – who had started running on contact with two outs – to speed home and slide in the fourth run, El Paso 4-0.
The Dogs laid another pounding on the Aces in the 3rd inning that started with another Batten RBI double. Now with Batten on and Mejias-Brean in front of him, Scavuzzo took a swing that resulted with the ball in the GECU Green Seats and three RBIs, El Paso 8-0.
Reno responded – or maybe I should say the wind responded – in the 4th with a couple of seemingly routine fly balls that were dropped in the outfield. The most dramatic was a long high fly ball that had center fielder Michael Gettys leaning and dancing as the crowd collectively let out a sigh, El Paso 8-2.
The Aces burped out a couple more runs here and there but seemed lost at the plate against El Paso’s pitching. The loudest run for Reno was a 9th-inning dinger to left field by slugger Yasmany Tomas (.311 BA). Coincidentally, Tomas was the Ace who hit the elusive ball to the center field wall that made Gettys dance.
The winning pitcher was Paco Rodriguez (1-1, 7.30 ERA) and the losing pitcher was Braden Shipley (1-2, 9.53 ERA). Attendance was 6,246 at Southwest University Park.
Box Score | Team Records: Reno (19-28), El Paso (30-17)
Next Game: Friday, 7:05 pm at Southwest University Park. Reno RHP Jon Duplantier (0-1, 3.55) vs. El Paso LHP Logan Allen (3-1, 4.54). The game will air on 600 ESPN El Paso and www.epchihuahuas.com.
By Larry Monarrez – El Paso Herald Post